Maths News – Hidden Figures

Pi Day (14 March) and International Women’s Day (8 March) did not go unnoticed by the Year 9 girls.

On Tuesday 14 March, the Year 9 Challenge girls visited Croydon Cinema for a special viewing of Hidden Figures. The film told the amazing true story of Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson who, in the 1960s made a significant contribution to America’s  history during the time of the “space-race” and segregation.

The impact these women had crossed all gender, race and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S history as true heroes. The students really enjoyed the film and reflected upon some of the challenges women have faced throughout history, particularly in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Many of the staff commented they were surprised such meaningful history was not common knowledge and were pleased that the students had an opportunity to learn about the significant accomplishments of these fantastic role models.

Please continue to visit the maths@tintern portal page for upcoming Maths news, details of Maths Assist and other quirky maths facts.

Many thanks to Ms Constable and the Year 9 Challenge Teachers for making this enlighting excursion happen!

By Vanessa Rich, Head of Mathematics

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